Soak bread in a little water for a few minutes.
Squeeze out water and rub bread between hands.
Measure 3 cups without pressing down.
Combine bread, raisins, sugar, salt and spices, and mix with a fork.
Add melted butter, molasses and soda which has been dissolved in hot water.
Add flour and combine well.
Pour mixture in dampened pudding bag.
Tie tightly, leaving a little slackness to allow pudding to expand.
Boil for 1 1/2 hours.
Serve with heated molasses.
Good with Newfoundland Jiggs Dinner.